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5:15 PM ET, October 6, 2008

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Andy M. Zaky / Bullish Cross:
iPhone Sales Drastically Surpass Q4 Consensus, Apple Reaches 10 million iPhone Goal  —  By ANDY M. ZAKY & TURLEY MULLER (Dual Authorship)  —  Based on the tremendous joint efforts by members at Mac Observer's AFB and Investor Village's AAPL Sanity Board member howlongtoretire (aka HLTR) …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone 3Gs: 9,190,680 and counting  —  Here's bit of upbeat economic news to brighten a gloomy Monday.  —  On Aug. 1, a London-based investor who calls himself “Tommo_UK” posted a message on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board asking anyone who had bought an iPhone 3G to provide three pieces …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
30 percent of iPhone 3G buyers dump existing carriers  —  Apple's iPhone 3G apparently created a summertime switch itch: 30 percent of all the smartphone's buyers bailed on their existing carriers in order to purchase the device, according to an NPD Group report released Monday.
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.2 Hidden Features: Google Street View, Emoji, Auto-Correction Off  —  It seems that Apple is taking further care in hiding new iPhone features in their beta releases.  The most recent firmware beta seeded to developers listed “compatibility testing” in its release notes as the only change.
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Buys Leading Payments and Classifieds Businesses, Streamlines Existing Organization To Improve Growth  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY - News) today announced two acquisitions that significantly extend the company's leadership position in online payments and classifieds.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
eBay buys three companies for $1.35 billion, lays off 1,000
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL-Yahoo Merger Details Emerge; Deal Could Happen This Month  —  Yahoo is continuing its marathon merger discussions with AOL, sources close to the negotiations have whispered to us, and a deal could happen as early as this month.  Is this just a rehash of the reported discussions in February and then again in April?
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Nicholas Ciarelli / The Daily Beast:
Not So Secret Apple  —  Welcome to The Daily Beast: A Q&A with Tina Brown  —  The company's former (13-year-old) nemesis explains how Steve Jobs has suddenly gone soft.  —  I've had the dubious privilege of being on the frontlines of Apple's war against web leaks.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Out of options, DISH finally pays TiVo $104 million judgment  —  DISH Network parent EchoStar has announced that it plans to pay $104 million to TiVo as part of a long-running legal dispute.  DISH and EchoStar have reassured customers, however, that their DVRs will continue to function normally …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
We Have Completed $4.5 Million in New Funding  —  From time to time, I have shared with you the steps we're taking to build Giga Omni Media, the 27-month-old company behind this and the other publications that make up the GigaOM network.  Today, I am thrilled to announce the start of our company's next phase.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft planning add-on to SQL Server  —  Microsoft wants SQL Server to scale new heights, and it is hoping an add-on code-named Kilimanjaro will help.  —  Due out in the first half of 2010, Kilimanjaro improves SQL Server 2008 with a series of business intelligence enhancements to the database.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft BI: Gemini Lands at Kilimanjaro
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive: First Look at the BlackBerry Application Center!  —  This weekend was HUGE for leaked info on the BlackBerry Storm (thanks BG!).  But while all the latest Storm OS eye candy has been sweet to look at and filled in some gaps on how the device's OS will function (like copy and paste functionality) …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP: “Very Sudden And Unexpected Drop” In Business, Pressuring Enterprise IT Stocks  —  Adding fuel to the raging fire on which stock valuations are now burning, SAP (SAP) Co-CEO Henning Kagermann this morning warned in a statement that market developments of the last few weeks have been …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Stock Falls Under $90 (AAPL)  —  As of 12:55PM ET, Apple (AAPL) is down 8% and trading around $89, more than 50% off its high.  —  The stock's trailing P/E ratio is now 17X—still above the market's, but low for a stock with this wide and passionate a following and a still-solid growth story.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tech Stocks Take It On The Chin As Market Continues To Freefall
Discussion: Bloomberg
Fred / A VC:
Free Vs Paid  —  My friend Howard was visiting me a few weeks ago and he said to me “free is over, I am only investing in services that customers pay for”.  He said “freemium is dead”.  I reminded him that freemium is a paid model, but he wasn't buying it.
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed  —  On Friday, Microsoft gave computer makers a six-month extension for offering Windows XP on newly-shipped PCs.  While this doesn't impact enterprise IT — because volume licensing agreements will allow IT to keep installing Windows XP for many years to come …
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Announcing SEOmoz's Index of the Web and the Launch of our Linkscape Tool  —  After 12 long months of brainstorming, testing, developing, and analyzing, the wait is finally over.  Today, I'm ecstatic to announce some very big developments here at SEOmoz.  They include:
The Ask.com Blog:
It's Here!  The New Ask.com! … It's Here!  The New Ask.com!  —  After months of hard work, late nights and truckloads of energy drinks, we launched the new Ask.com today and we're really excited about it.  This launch continues our leadership in search innovation by delivering …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Analyst: Half of ‘social media campaigns’ will flop  —  Adam Sarner, an analyst with market research firm Gartner, has projected that over 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies with Web sites will have undertaken some kind of online social-networking initiative for marketing or customer relations purposes.
Discussion: Know It All
DigiTimes:
Asustek shipped 700,000 Eee PCs in September this year, says paper  —  Asustek Computer shipped around 700,000 Eee PCs in September this year, a new monthly high for the company.  Total shipments for the third quarter reached around 1.7 million units, and since October and November …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpace nabs Yahoo sales exec  —  Another high-level Yahoo employee has left the building: Valeh Vakili, director of U.S. sales operations, will join News Corp.'s MySpace as senior vice president of sales strategy and operations.  —  At Yahoo, Vakili was in charge of integrating the sales teams …
Discussion: WebProNews and Valleywag
 
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Controversial ad company Jellycloud shuts down
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Commerce Dept Cites Bogus Stats, Chamber Of Commerce Uses …
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